February 11, 2009

Pub’s first pint sells for $2,650

A Decatur, Ga., pub said its very first pint of beer sold for $2,650 on eBay, with proceeds benefiting employees of two businesses that recently burned down.

Leon's Full Service said the pricey pint was auctioned off as part of the pub's grand opening this week and the profits went toward helping workers at the recently fire-destroyed Trackside Tavern and 5th Earl Market, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Wednesday.

The winning bidder, Marc Brennan, said he passed the honor of ordering the beer and enjoying the first sip to his business partner, Marshall Davis. Davis chose the India Brown Ale from the Terrapin Beer Co. as the pub's inaugural pint and sampled the beverage before passing it around the room for sips, eventually ending up in Brennan's hands.

Brennan said the auction also afforded him the opportunity to name a drink at the bar. He said he has not yet decided on the name, but he hopes to work in the names of his businesses, Steinbeck's and Universal Joint.